Greeting Cards

Goodbye

Hello everyone,
I am writing this blog to let you know that I am moving my blog over to Blogger. I have been having problems and have decided to make a clean break away from here.

If you would like to continue to follow my crafting journey then please find me over at https://cardyarncottage.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in on my blog. Hope to see you in my new home.

Have a Happy Crafty Blogging Kind of Day,
❤ TracyB

Birthday · card sketch

Hot Air Balloon Birthday

Hello everyone. The card I am sharing with you today is a type of card that I find hard to make. Male themed birthday cards! I don’t know why these type of cards are hard but they are.  I think I pulled it off with the card that I have made and here it is

The making of this card came about because of the team at Shopping Our Stash Weekly. Their challenge this week is 

and then I wanted to design from a sketch and I found this one

The first thing I did was scavenge through my craft supplies to see what I could use and I found an embossing folder with this Hot Air Balloon as part of the scene. I thought it would go well with the masculine theme. Along with the embossing folder the set also came with these boot prints which I used as the 3 elements on the sketch. 

After embossing the Hot Air image I coloured it in with my Copics.  Then I found some papers that suited this perfectly. It was a 6X6  paper pad called “Up and Away” by Kasiercraft. On the balloon paper I stamped the words relax & enjoy, it’s your day in Kraft coloured ink. Then I also cut some strips of paper from the paper pack and sponged some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the edge. I put some foam tape under the boot prints just to give them a little height. I matted each of the main layers with some Maroon layering paper and put it all together.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today. Please consider giving my blog a like or even leaving a comment. And as always I would like to leave you with this thought for today

Oh this is so true. I had forgotten this for quite a while. After everything that myself and my family had been through in the past little while … I had forgotten that no matter the size of the progress at least it is progress. And I can see that I am further forward than I was even just a couple of months ago.

Have a Happy Crafty Progressive Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

Birthday · card sketch

Birthday Squared

Hello everyone. You may be asking why I named my post Birthday Squared. Well I am not one for making using squared shaped cards. I usually stick with the regular rectangle shape because it doesn’t produce any waste and you can get two cards from a A4 sheet of card stock. Where as with a square shaped card you can only get one decent sized card from a sheet but you have leftovers.  I mean I won’t waste this of course because it will be used for a sentiment later but you know I’m sure …

… anywho onto the reason you stopped by my blog today to see my creation

I was quite lucky with this card that I was able to jump into my leftovers drawer and find everything that I needed to make this card. The newest product used on this card is actually the Happy Birthday die which I actually cut apart to use on this card.

But this whole square card making started because of the sketch over at Sketch Saturday

Isn’t this a great sketch. I usually stretch these kinds of sketches to suit an A6 sized card but I decided to try and design within the square. Before cutting the birthday die as its so large I backed the paper with some double sided paper to make the sticking to the project easier. As I wanted to try and not take up the whole front with this die; I sacrificed some of the flowers from the die to make it fit as I have.  And the double sided paper really saved me after I decided to cut the original die-cut apart. Piecing it together after its surgery was easier because I didn’t have to put wet glue onto some really small pieces.

I think that this card could actually suit anyone and I may end up making more square cards in the future but that is to be seen. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. To let me know that you have stopped by consider liking my post and even commenting to let me know what you think of it. And as always before you leave I would like to leave you with this final thought

Love Star Trek and like decorating for Christmas but so glad that I don’t have anyone who is particular how they are placed. 

Have a Happy Crafty Decorated Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

Birthday · card sketch · Greeting Cards

50 Years On

Hello everyone. Today I am sharing with you a card that I have made for my Brother In Law … unfortunately I am running behind with sending this to him but the wishes are very much still given.

I have been inspired by 2 challenges to make this card and I will tell you about that one I show you what I came up with

I was first inspired by the Time Out Challenge #123

And if you have been to my blog you know that I love working with sketches and I found this one by Freshly Made Sketches #365

With the measurements I used

When I read the colour combo for the Time Out Challenge I knew the paper pad that I was going to use. The Black & White Timeless 6X6 paper pad by Kasiercraft that has been sitting in my stack for awhile now. I combined this with Brown layers as it suited the paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and looking at my project. Please let me know that you stopped in by leaving me either a like or a comment or even both. And as always before you leave I would love to leave you with this thought for today

I have found this hard  to do. This world wants certain things but I have always been different and I never feel like I fully fit in any where. That’s why I love time by myself because I don’t have to try and fit in.

Have a Happy Crafty Different Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B
Life

My First Design Team

Hello Everyone,

Today I get to tell everyone the wonderful news that I have had to keep under wraps since early November.

I have been chosen to be a part of the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge Blog. So from now on you will see this badge being proudly displayed on my side bar

I am so happy to be a part of this team and look forward to bringing you my card projects. I also hope that you might consider coming over to the blog and playing along with our challenges. Their is a different type of project each week here a list of what we get up too

Week 1 – Sketch
Week 2 – Colour
Week 3 – Theme
Week 4 – Technique or Stash

We are also listed at…
Once again I am so happy that I am going to be a part of this design team and look forward to working with the other members to bring a little Christmas all year round. But it also helps to get your Christmas card stash to grow.
And as always before you go I would love to leave you with this thought for the day
by Audrey Hepburn. Don't let go great opportunities in life before it's too late, never regret!
And here is a link to the Welcome New Design Team Members post on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Blog.

Have a Happy Crafty Opportunity Filled Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Sending Christmas Love

Hello everyone. Yes I am back with another card that I have crafted today. I mean what else are you supposed to do when there are storms around the place? Craft of course! Well it helps with not liking storms much I get to concentrate on something else.

But any way onto the reason why you stopped by – my card project

11 Love at Christmas

This card was inspired by the blog Cards in Envy. Their challenge at the moment is Santa Baby and this stamp set is a new acquisition of mine and thought it fitted the challenge. But I wasn’t 100% of how to pull it all together so I went to favourite help – a sketch. And I found this one from the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge in November 2016

52 CCT Nov 2016

The sketch doesn’t come with measurements I have added them later myself but thought others may be interested. Each of the matting layers is cut 5 cm bigger than the measurements given above.

The small squares I used my Cuttlebug and a small stitched square by Uniquely Creative. All the other elements I cut using my paper trimmer. The papers that I used this time around are a 6X6 paper pad called Twig & Berry by Kasiercraft. I stamped the images in My Favourite Things Hybrid Ink and coloured them in with my Copic markers. All of this is matted with black layering weight paper.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. Please consider leaving a comment and liking the post. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this thought for the day

Can not believe that the weekend is almost over as I type this. Where did it go? Now I know why I keep a planner otherwise I wouldn’t be able to keep up with life!

Have a Happy Crafty Planned Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

Card Order · Greeting Cards

Penguin Birthday

Hello everyone, Todays card is one that was an order for a 40th Birthday card with a Penguin theme. So I decided to make this card

11 Penguin Birthday

I am delighted with how this project turn out. Sometimes I like making things from no starting point and other times I like to start with a base like a challenge.

I used my Scan and Cut to make the main parts of the penguin selecting shapes that I thought would make up a whole animal. The present is a sticker which I mounted onto green metallic paper and cut around the edge. The balloon is made from tracing around an oval shape with a triangle added for the bottom part of the balloon. I printed the 40 Birthday Wishes with the shaped banner on my computer as I didn’t have any numbers that would fit the space.

Using my Cuttlebug I cut out the snow drifts using a hillside stitched die and used a Swiss Dots embossing folder and some light blue paper to make the snowy background.  Then mounted everything together and add the finishing touches of the facial details and tied some yellow and white twine to the end of the balloon. Once completed I mounted the whole piece onto a black piece of paper before mounting onto a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. Please consider liking and commenting on my post. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this final thought for the day

Only one month until Christmas! How's your holiday shopping going?

I just realised that today it’s just one month until Christmas Day. OH MY!! For a crafter who is behind this is …. I really don’t know what this is. Some of the plans that I have may have to be put aside!

Have a Happy Crafty OH MY Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy